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Menoffagainorrhoea; the Not-Menokakkuls

Okay, not to weird you out or anything, but this is the mid-week break from the Suffolk Saga and something to give you a giggle; either with me or at me.

Trains. Yes, I love ships, and planes so it is so surprising trains come into the picture too? As it happens, I couldn't get a flight so easily back to the Bonny Land on July 1st so plumped for riding the railways. More on that in due course. Suffice to say, the Fudge was working hard through the windows and as we drew into Darlington, we spotted this...

Just a little bit drool-worthy. Right, the following info is for the train buffs among you - which, I know, means at least Madi's dad, the "B-Cat"!!! I think a few others too.

It's the "Pandora", her ID being 88004. That is to say, she is the fourth off the manufacturer's (Stadler) line in the 88 series of these duel-fuel engines. Hybrid cars? Why not hybrid trains?! Precisely; 25 kV 50 Hz electric and diesel-electric operation. They came into service only a little over a year ago with the 88003 "Genesis".

You can see the "Pandora" arriving on UK shores HERE.

Actually, for the really keen, there are lots of glory shots to be seen HERE! If that wasn't enough, I dug up this gorgeous little bit of film...

Oh she's a pretty thing. I just want to go up and hug her... what? Aren't you all having fun yet???


  1. I will have to show this to my husband when he returns from Texas. He is a HUGE train fan and actually crews a very old train that's run for some special train expos.

  2. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my word Dad is beyond excited and delighted and filled with joy this is a wonderful post and Video. Please give the Fudge a big smooch and we send you a wonderful hug for this post
    Hugs Madi, HiC and Bcat

  3. Aunty Yam I am VERY impressed. Win all the problems on the trains just recently I'm amazed you actually found ones to photograph!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. Well our mom is a train puker..........enough said. mags and gussie

  5. I enjoy taking the train
    Coffee is on

  6. Wow, she's beautiful! And hybrid!?! Very very cool!

  7. Mom's dad was a real train buff - he would have liked this
    Hazel & Mabel

  8. I loved it to watch trains, they have something what wakes the adventurer inside of me... I also loved to sit at train stations to see the arriving and departing of trains and the passengers... and I often created my own stories why and from where to where they travel... but sadly this times are dust in the wind now, today train stations are dangerous and it's hard to imagine something good when surrounded by police guys with machine guns ;O(

  9. she is beautiful. I love trains, always have but the last ride was in 1969.. from the time I was born we traveled by train. my mothers home was here in Florida, we live 400 miles away, in 1944 cars did not make long trips. daddy would put mother and me on the train to come visit. 10 hour trip then. then he put me, mother and my brother on the train until 1959 when mother started driving us here. I loved every minute. and this little engine who could is beautiful and cute...

  10. Have only ridden a train one time. I was prone to motion sickness at the time. Would love to try it again especially in Canada through the mountains. namaste, janice xx

  11. Bertie wants to know when he can go for a ride?

  12. Gosh! Makes me want to travel across the pond! I LOVE trains! Especially the one that goes through the spiral tunnels in the Rockies!
    Love Barb

  13. Like Madi's Dad, Ed is a HUGE train fan...can't wait to show him this!

  14. Hi Yam - interesting ... I'll have to check them out when I get back ... cheers Hilary

  15. I showed this one to hubby in the waiting room yesterday! He loves trains!


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